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Nikola founder Milton to face securities fraud charges

Jul. 29, 2021 10:09 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The founder and one-time executive chair of Nikola Corp. surrendered Thursday in New York on criminal charges alleging that he made false and misleading statements about the electric and hydrogen-powered truck startup, duping some novice investors looking to earn money to...

Spanish judge recommends Shakira face tax fraud trial

Jul. 29, 2021 08:29 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A Spanish judge investigating alleged tax fraud by Colombian musician Shakira recommended on Thursday that the case go to trial after concluding there is evidence that the pop star could have avoided her fiscal obligations to the state. Judge...

Virginia inmate pleads guilty to pandemic benefits scheme

Jul. 29, 2021 08:29 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Virginia inmate has pleaded guilty to part in a scheme to obtain pandemic-related unemployment benefits by using personal identifying information of over 30 other prison inmates, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Citing court documents in a news...

Bridgeport City Councilman indicted on election charges

Jul. 28, 2021 19:48 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut City Council member and landlord has been indicted by a federal grand jury on multiple election fraud charges, including allegedly forging the signatures of his tenants on absentee ballots so it would appear they had voted for him. ...

Prosecutors won't seek retrial in 3 Pilot Flying J cases

Jul. 27, 2021 18:47 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors indicated Tuesday that they won't pursue a new trial against the former president of Pilot Flying J and two of his former employees in connection to a rebate scheme aimed at cheating trucking companies out of millions of dollars. ...

Former township clerk sentenced to prison for fraud scheme

Jul. 27, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Twin Cities woman was sentenced Tuesday to more than two years in federal prison and ordered to pay back more than $650,000 she admitted to stealing from Vermillion Township in Dakota County while serving as its elected clerk. Maryann Stoffel, 70,...

Cardinal in Vatican fraud trial: My conscience is 'tranquil'

Jul. 27, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A fraud and embezzlement trial over alleged mismanagement of the Holy See’s investments began Tuesday in Vatican City, with a once-powerful cardinal among the 10 defendants saying he remains “obedient” to Pope Francis, who stripped his privileges to bring him...

Ex-Fall River mayor challenges fraud, corruption conviction

Jul. 27, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A once celebrated young Massachusetts mayor urged a court on Tuesday to throw out a jury's verdict convicting him of fraud and corruption, accusing prosecutors of carrying out an “unfair smear campaign in the courtroom." Lawyers for former Fall River...

NH AG: Beware of fraudulent airline security screening sites

Jul. 27, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Airline passengers who apply for access to expedited security screening should be aware of fraudulent websites that appear to be associated with the Transportation Security Administration PreCheck Application Program, the New Hampshire attorney general's office said...

Omaha man accused of pandemic business loan fraud

Jul. 27, 2021 10:53 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha man has been indicted on a federal charge of bank fraud after prosecutors say he lied to get a loan through a federal program meant to help businesses struggling in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. M.A. Yah faces court next month the...